Harare City Council has shut down Morton Jaffray waterworks citing “unprecedented chemical supply challenges.”
In a statement seen by Pindula News, the local government authority said the shut down which was effected on Wednesday night will be in force for at least 48 hours. Reads the statement:
The council wishes to advise residents and all stakeholders that due to unprecedented chemical supply challenges, the Morton Jaffray Water treatment plant will be temporarily shut down for a least 48 hours commencing last night.
There will be disruptions in water supplies while modalities are being worked on to restore normal services within the indicated period. We apologise for the inconvenience caused during the unplanned shutdown as all efforts are being made to revert to normal service schedules.
Some residents have criticised the city fathers for not announcing the shut down in time.
For years, Harare has been having water problems.
The local government authority has been citing the economic decay; perennial droughts affecting Lake Chivero, which is dammed to supply Harare with water; the lack of maintenance of the old water infrastructure; the inability to procure the necessary chemicals to treat water sources as causes of the water problem.